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The best resolution ever we can make

by Yadav Sharma Bajagai


Jagat Bahadur Shahi (name changed) of Mugu, one of the remote districts of Nepal, hardly remembers when he has been able to feed their fill to his children last time. His six years old daughter and four years old son are so severely malnourished that anyone with kind heart cannot stop tear rolling down his/her eyes seeing them. These children had to bear the demise of their loving mother and Jagat Bahadur's caring wife last year as she was not lucky enough to get adequate food during her pregnancy.  Pouring salt on his wound, his two years old daughter leaved the world last month due to malnutrition. 

Every morning Jagat Bahadur wakes up with a dream of having enough food to feed his children. He has a desire neither for a cozy house nor for a luxury car. He doesn't have a dream to send his children in expensive private school.  He just prays to have a handful of rice for his two little cuties. 


This story of Jagat Bahadur is only a representative of over 870 million hungry people across the world. Worldwide, one in every seven people have no option other than going to bed hungry and more than 14 children die of hunger every minute. 

On the other hand, about 1.3 billion tonnes of food, which is nearly one third of total food produced worldwide, is being wasted or lost from production to consumption. This wasted amount of food could be used to feed millions of hungry people and could have saved millions of life if the food were reached human stomach rather than dumping site. The food that is wasted in Europe annually can feed 200 million people. Similarly, food thrown out only in America is enough to feed every starving children in entire Africa.

It is not only the food wasted but also the wastage of land, water and energy resources used in the food value chain from production to consumption. This thrown out food might have contributed to deforest hectares of land.  Moreover, about 10% of total greenhouse gas emissions in developed countries are due to decomposition of wasted food. 

Therefore, every bite of bread we waste has multifaceted social, economic and environmental effects. First of all, it could have saved a child dying of hunger. Secondly, we are wasting natural resources and inputs used in the production of food. Thirdly, we are contributing to global climate change by throwing the source of greenhouse gases. And of course, our municipal council have to expense extra cost to collect and dump the waste. 

If you really do love the nature, if you really care others, if you sincerely want to be proud of something you did, if you believe in coexistence of each human being, if you genuinely wish that no child die of hunger in our planet, it's very easy to support your cause. Just make a resolution that "I never waste food and never support any activities resulting waste of food". It will be your great charity. This simple move can make a big difference. Let's join our hand together and proudly say "I don't waste food because I care the nature".


 

42 comments:

  1. I have never thought that wasting food is such a bad habit...I too will make a resolution on this year's World Environment Day that " I won't waste food as far as possible". Thank you for this very informative and inspiring article

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    1. Thanks a lot! You are making a decision worth to praise!!

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  2. OMG! 14 children are dying due to hunger! Wasting food is really a social crime!!!

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  3. chet narayan kharelMarch 2, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    I had seen many rural people who mind wastage of little cereal grains and many urban flush people who don't mind wastage of abundant amount of highly processed foods.

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    1. Yes! Tendency of asking/searching for cosmetically perfect food in cities is one of the main reason for food wastage.

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  4. Really interesting read!!! Thanks

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  5. It seems to me that focusing only in production is not enough...preventing loss may be more effective in some cases. Good article.

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    1. Exactly Regina, preventing food wastage also means protecting environment by sparing natural resources and preventing emission of GHG (methane) from wasted food.

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  6. I would like to make the same resolution on this year's WED. Thanks

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  7. Count me in. I also would like to declare that "I never waste food and never support any activities resulting waste of food"

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  8. What an idea sirji!!!

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  9. सृजन तिमल्सिनाMarch 4, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    यति राम्रो मनछुने लेख लेख्नु भएकोमा लेखकलाई साधुबाद l म पनि अबदेखि सकेसम्म खाने कुरा खेर नफाल्ने प्रण गर्दछु l

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  10. I never waste food and never support any activities resulting waste of food

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  11. राम शरण संजेलMarch 4, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    शहरमा बसेर मोमो बर्गर र पिज्जा खानेहरुलाई के थाहा आफ्नो छोराछोरीलाई खुवाउन एक मुट्ठी चामल नहुदाको पिडा l सारै मार्मिक लग्यो l बधाई छ अनि सुभकामना पनि l अझै थुप्रै पढ्न पाइयोस l

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  12. I never waste food and never support any activities resulting waste of food

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  13. I never waste food and never support any activities resulting waste of food

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  14. "I never waste food and never support any activities resulting waste of food"

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  15. Lets buy only the thing we need and search for healthy food not good looking!!! Good article! I will make the same resolution.

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  16. why to focus on improving production while we are wasting one third of production, first priority should be to avoid waste.

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    1. yes! Prevention of wastage should get priority as production!

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  17. I never waste food and never support any activities resulting waste of food

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  18. Now onwards I never waste food and never support any activities resulting waste of food

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  19. Your article is so enlightening

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  20. I also never waste food...
    it is real हामीले एक गास खाना फाल्छौ भने, कसैलाई त्यही एक गास अपुग भईराखेको हुन्छ रे ।

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  21. It would be better if we could know how much of the wasted food is avoidable and what proportion is unavoidable

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